WARNING! THERE MAY BE UNMARKED SPOILERS!
I'm gonna get the ball rolling and say that Clara's secret is that she is either Romana or the Rani.
The Doctor's name is...
The episode is not going to be about what The Doctor's name is...
Based on the trailer, is Clara surrounded by regenerative energy?
Clara was created by River (or atleast connected to the Doctor by River) in order to save his life at TrenzaloreShe tried to affect the Silence's plan to kill him at Lake Silencio and it didn't work. So again this season finale she will try and save her sweetie from the impending "Fall". Also this would then make it that River (by proxy of Victorian Clara) made sure he was ok after losing Rory and Amy.
The Fall of the Eleventh means...Eleven just passes out and faints for a few minutes. When people faint, they fall.
The Man is the Trailer is a younger First DoctorAssuming he's not just Head of the Whispermen or something, the Doctor said quite clearly he was crossing his own timeline in a big way. Alternatively...
The Doctor is crossing his timeline into his own futureNobody said the Fields of Trenzalore, the Question, and the Fall of the Eleventh have to occur at the same time. This first trip will result in the first two, and later the Doctor will return and encounter the third.
The Doctor will see River Song for the last time in this episodeMoffat has said that it's getting harder to do interesting stories with River, because we've already seen her birth, death and wedding. There's not much more for us to see, except the moment The Doctor tells her his name (Hence the title). And in doing so, he'll know that he's had every possible adventure with her, and that he will never see her again.(Also, the budding romance between The Doctor and Clara... wouldn't it be convenient if he wasn't married any more?)
CAL was another version of Clara
The John Hurt's Doctor is not the past or future Doctor.He is not the one who stopped the Time War. Nor did he end some nebulous future conflict. He is the Doctor from the poisoned timeline created by the Great Intelligence whose every victory was turned into defeat, who gave up the moniker of the Doctor, and who perhaps destroyed his entire universe in the name of peace. In other words, he's the Valeyard.
John Hurt's Doctor is exactly what the Doctor said he is.He's the incarnation between 8 and 9 who did such utterly terrible things during the time war that he does not consider himself the Doctor. This would make the Ninth Doctor the 10th incarnation, but not the 10th Doctor, and so on. This means Simeon's mention of the Valeyard may become relevant in the near future, as that would make 11 the twelfth incarnation.
John Hurt's Doctor is what the 11th Doctor saw behind the door in "The God Complex!"Think about it, the Doctor saw his greatest fear, which was his greatest secret. We learn that John Hurt's Doctor did something so terrible that the Doctors kept him a secret and refused to speak about him. So the 11th Doctor simply saw John Hurt's Doctor.
John Hurt's Doctor is an older version of Eight.Not as likely as the above ones, but... ...there is always the possibility that Eight lived for a very long time in his incarnation, to the point where he had physically aged to that of an older man. Eight also had developed a lot in the Big Finish audio plays, with writers loving to play the Break the Cutie trope on him several times to break his bubbly personality. So, isn't it possible that an older Eight did something that no normal Doctor would do? To the point where the Doctor would only acknowledge his Eighth incarnation up to a certain point in time?
John Hurt's Doctor is the one who killed the Time Lords, but also the one who made it necessary to kill them.During the Time War, the Eight Doctor found out that he will one day destroy the Time Lords. He couldn't do anything about it, but then he died and regenerated into much darker John Hurt's Doctor. This Doctor decided to save the Time Lords any way he could, and came up with a plan, the same plan seen in The End of Time. However, he then realized he didn't want to be responsible for that, and decided to stop it only way he could: by killing all the Time Lords. He then went to Trenzilore to await his death and regeneration into Nine. So the other Doctor's hate him, not because he killed the Time Lords, but because he made it necessary to kill them.
John Hurt's Doctor is no one other than the Valeyard
John Hurt's Doctor is the Only Sane ManThe Doctor just didn't take it very well.
John Hurt's Doctor was the incarnation before the First DoctorAssuming he actually is a previous incarnation, then there are only two possible points he could have come from; between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors, or before the First.
Consider what was said about the secret, "you've been running from your whole life". The Doctor who started running was the First. So the secret dates back to him. So, although he was the first Doctor, he was not the first incarnation of that Timelord. He changed his name after regenerating and started running from whatever he had done. Yes, the First Doctor wasn't really a good guy when we met him, but he was still reforming. Perhaps at that point he was thinking that he'd already done the worst he could, and couldn't really be any worse.
John Hurt's Doctor is the Other.
The John Hurt incarnation's heinous act was that he willingly killed a companion that was going to do something catastrophic. The person he was traveling with was brainwashed and was going to do something that would have had immense consequences if they came to fruition. As a result, he had to Mercy Kill them in cold blood, something that the Doctor would have never, ever allowed.
The 50th Anniversary Special will be...The 50th Anniversary Special will be a multi-Doctor story, only the Doctors won't be played by Matt Smith and David Tennant, but rather by Matt Smith and John Hurt. Tennant will not appear as the Tenth Doctor, but rather as 10.5 grown from his hand, the one that stayed with Rose on Pete's World. Likewise, Billie Piper will not be playing Rose Tyler during her travels with the Doctor, but rather Rose who lived with Doctor-Donna for several years by now.
John Hurt's Doctor pushed the button referenced by Porridge in the previous episodeThat would be enormous enough to warrant that kind of response.
The First Question has yet to be askedThe events in this episode didn't fit the description given by Dorium Maldovar. The Great Intelligence asked the question on the Tardis, not on the fields of Trenzalore. When it was asked, it wasn't at a time when "no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer". If it was, then the Doctor would have said his name. And the Fall of the Eleventh didn't occur. A couple of things in the episode could be described as a fall, but nothing that stands out as a significant moment. I believe the true question will be asked when Matt Smith regenerates, and this will also be on Trenzalore. He will be asked the question again, possibly by River Song, as we still don't know how she knows his name.
The Doctor who died in Trenzalore is the EleventhThe crack in the TARDIS window is also present on the giant dead future TARDIS. Also, Clara, having seen the whole Doctor's life, past, present, and probably future as well mentions that there are 11 Doctors. Which would mean either that the Trenzalore!Doctor is the Eleventh (and this will come before the TARDIS could heal her window, so pretty soon), or that no other incarnation of the Doctor will deserve that name ever again.
John Hurt is the Shalka Doctor.The meta implications alone are delightful: an "official" Ninth Doctor later retconned out of the canon by the BBC, who ultimately becomes a Ninth Doctor retconned out of the canon (in a manner of speaking) by the character himself. That the Shalka Doctor was originally played by Richard E. Grant (Simeon/The Great Intelligence) adds an extra layer of irony that seems irresistable - and possibly even intentional - to a Trolling Creator like Moffatt. Having Grant reprise the role, though, would've been too on-the-nose, so having him play the season's villain serves as the requisite nod to the character's origin.
John Hurt's Doctor wasn't the one who ended the Time War.His actions are claimed to be so terrible, he cannot be acknowledged as the Doctor. However, the Ninth and Tenth Doctors mentioned the Time War every other episode, and the Eleventh used his genocide of the Time Lord as a Badass Boast in The Doctor's Wife. Therefore, Hurt's Doctor must have done something even worse.
John Hurt's Doctorstarted the Time War Think about the Doctor's attitude about the Time War, now think how he must feel about whoever is responsible for it.
John Hurt's Doctorsaved the Daleks This is a Wild Mass Guess for you. He did something even the Doctor is not happy with. But something in the end that was necessary. Because with the time lord gone, it is the Daleks who are ironically times best defense.
John Hurt's Doctorwas repressed because he shot Eleven's fez River Song: What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?
The Silence......were present in the episode, we just didn't see them. Specifically, they are spying on Jenny and Vastra. Jenny looks like she sees something that she couldn't quite focus on, just like when Amy saw the Silence for the first time, and is then interrupted by Vastra stepping in front of her, just like Rory did. It could have been the Whispermen she saw, but there is a remarkable similarity to The Day of the Moon.
John Hurt's Doctor was the first regeneration before William Hartnell's, due to Dorium's wordsWhat did Dorium say? “The question you’ve been running from all your life?” If he’s been running from his secret all his life, John Hurt could not be 8.5 or the Valeyard. He has to be the Doctor that caused him to run from Gallifrey in the first place. The one before One! Ian Chesterton chose the name ‘Doctor’ for the Doctor and it stuck!
As a child, the Doctor saw John Hurt's Doctorin the Untempered Schism.
Clara somehow ends up being the intelligence/personality of the Tardis.
Clara was The Corsair
John Hurt is The Doctor
John Hurt's incarnation had nothing to do with the Time war.
One of the versions of Clara became DonnaClare entered the Doctor's timeline to save him right, and Donna saved the Doctor under the Thames Barrier when he killed the Racnoss Queen, therefore a version of Clara was born Donna Noble. "Turn Left" was probably the Great Intelligence's fault too.
John Hurt's Doctor killed his childFor a good reason; they were bad, and were planning something which would put them on the level of a Complete Monster. Ultimately, there was only one thing that could be done. Afterwards, he forced his own regeneration, into the First Doctor, abandoned his name, grabbed his granddaughter (who probably didn't know what he had done), and ran. And how could he ever stop after that?
It'll turn out that John Hurt's incarnation ended the Time war.
Alternatively, John Hurt's incarnation started the Time War.My understanding is that there have been multiple Time Wars, and this was the Last Great Time War. Something had to have sparked that last great conflict. Which would be worse, being the one who committed grand scale genocide to end a potentially universe destroying war like the Doctor, or being the one who necessitated all that grand scale genocide by starting that war in the first place? I could even see it being something like The Dresden Files and the Red Court / White Council War, a case of Always Save the Girl in which Dresden kicked off simply to try and save a single individual. That is very much something I could see the Doctor doing.
John Hurt is the final incarnation of the Doctor.Hence why he says that he doesn't deserve the name. At some point, the Doctor will do something so unforgivable that not only will he forfeit his true name, but deem him unworthy of life. Possibly by getting his past self to do it. Said horrific act resulted in the war that ended the Doctor's life, in order to take him out. The Doctor has been aware of this since his 1st incarnation, and for whatever reason is unable to alter this future.
John Hurt!Doctorcaused the cracks in time. And he did it by revoking the name "The Doctor", thus saying his true name.
John Hurt!Doctorisn't the Valeyard, didn't start the Time War, or any other obvious answer. I'm sure the Time War plays into it, though. Just not in a way we expect. Hurt's Doctor was driven mad by the events in the Time War. He faced down evil like Davros too many times, and finally said "screw it, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. The only way to defeat Daleks is to make something more powerful than the Daleks themselves, something even they would fear." With that mindset, the Doctor spend eons (which is why he's so old) creating such foul, unthinkable beings as the Star of Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child, the Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres. And the best part? He made them out of non-Time Lord Gallifreyans. He no longer considered them more important than the Daleks. They were just a subculture, fit only for menial tasks. Why not experiment on them and turn them into the abominations listed above? It was all for peace and sanity. Among his victims? Susan Foreman. Perhaps she's even the Nightmare Child.
The Great Intelligence isn't dead-yet. Likely thanks to Clara stopping his plan of screwing around with the Doctor. The Great Intelligence has proven himself to be an effective villian, and is one of the best culprits for the cracks in time-I doubt they're going to keep him dead. That being said, attacking the Doctor's time stream will result in the Great Intelligence being fatally injured, and with his days numbered will do whatever it takes to wreck the Doctor. Likely by bringing back his forgotten incarnation.
The Silence are a version of the Whispermen.The Silence mention that they've been on Earth since "the wheel and the fire", and humanity rediscovering fire was the plot of the very first serial. They were transported there by the events of this episode. Also, see the other parallels between the two groups on the fridge page and this one.
The Great Intelligence IS Dead, but we haven't seen the last of him. The Great Intelligence's willingness to destroy himself to finish off the Doctor suggests many more encounters than we've seen. So, due to the Timey-Wimey Ball and Have We Met Yet?, they'll still encounter The Great Intelligence, though earlier in T.G.I's timeline than in theirs.
The Clara who told One which Tardis to steal is Susan.One of Clara's splinters was born on Gallifrey as a young Time Lady, and hitched a lift with One when he left home. Like so many of her counterparts, she got killed protecting the Doctor, but unlike her other copies she could regenerate, so turned into Susan as she appears in the earliest episodes. As "Clara" isn't a Gallifreyan name, she didn't share that name with her duplicates; eventually she adopted the identity of "Susan", to fit in when she and the Doctor (whom she nicknamed "Grandfather" out of affection) started hanging around on Earth.
John Hurt's Doctoris what "Time Lord Victorious" could have become It is clear that the Tenth was horrified by his after Adelaide's suicide caused his memories of events to change, and that is not something that comes easily to the Doctor. At the point the Tenth declared himself the "Time Lord Victorious" in his growing insanity, he came dangerously close to turning back into what The Forgotten Doctor was through his actions. As a result, we can potentially narrow down what the The Forgotten Doctor did by looking at "Time Lord Victorious'" behaviour - he changed a crucial point in history. Whatever happened at that point in time would have eventually consumed the universe in "chaos and insanity" - the opposites of "peace and sanity" - so He travelled back in time to stop the event entirely, or had travelled into that moment and stopped it from happening, having no choice or else everything would inevitably be eradicated. However, the end result and the means by which he accomplished this was more horrifying than "Victorious" could have done - what he almost did - so the Doctors after him decided to hide this act from the universe forever.
River is at the Doctor's last battle at Trenzalor, and she is the one to entomb him1) The way River suggests that her 'grave' is a a secret entrance to the tomb implied that she knew exactly what it was.Perhaps because she put it there? A way to come back to visit if she so chose to. The battle is way off in the Doctor's future, considering he barely mentioned River to Clara beyond what was implied to be vague references to 'Professor Song' the chance he would even say anything to that extent to a far of future companion is negligible. 2) The Doctor had an absolute look of shock mixed with a bit of fear when River told him his name in the Library, he also said there was only one reason he could and would. River said it took a long time for her to get him to tell her his name, which rules out whatever he said to her in "Let's Kill Hitler". We still don't know what time is, but his actual death seems like a pretty good candidate. 3) Massive WM Ging here, but it seems like something would have to be keeping the Doctor's timestream tangible, that something here most likely being the TARDIS, which is stated to be dying but is not dead yet. River would know how to set something up like that up and the TARDIS would help her do it. 4) It's quite a mirror, River and the Doctor both preserving the other as a form of data (a form of data that each knew would fade away as well. He told River that she should have faded by that point;and as stated the TARDIS was dying and IF that was keeping the timestream intact it wasn't going to be intact forever). Moffat does love his parallels, especially with those two. If she was at Trenzalor, maybe he died from doing something to save her bringing it all full circle. 5) The password was his name, something on the the Doctor and River have ever been confirmed to know, (though Clara might possibly know now through her link with River, I'm ignoring the book in Journey because some much weird stuff was going on with the TARDIS who knows what she may have actually read or if the book was even really real or a leaked echo of some kind) What better lock than something no one else would know?
Clara and TGI become the Guardians.All those incarnations across all of time and space. Some of them eventually develop power beyond the forms we see during this episode. Clara becomes the White Guardian and The Great Intelligence becomes the Black Guardian. However, there is no possible explanation for the bird-hats.
The Great Intelligence was working with the Black Guardian or the TricksterThe Trickster earlier claimed it would like to erase the Doctor from existence and created an alternate timeline where the 10th Doctor died fully. This event seems like its modus operandi. The Whispermen look similar to him, perhaps they are part of his Brigade. Or the Black Guardian could be responsible, in the comic Time and Time Again he creates an alternate timeline where the Doctor never left Gallifrey. Potentially both could be involved, the Black Guardian could be the Trickster or they could both be members of the Pantheon of Discord.
JHD is a between the 8th and 9th Doctors like the WatcherThe Time Lords could have created an in-between Doctor who would be more ruthless.
John Hurt's Doctor is the founder of the SilenceOk, so the goal of the Silence was to make sure that noone ever asks the Doctor his name on Trenzaolre. There are two options: a) they knew that this is where the Doctor's timeline is, and that the key to that timeline is Doctor's name, and that the Doctor has not only saved lots of planets and galaxies, but has also saved the universe - in which case they were actually good guys and wanted to prevent anyone from meddling with his timeline. b) they were described as a religious order. Their only belief was that 'Silence must fall when the Question is asked'. They have no idea why, they just know that they have to make sure that the Doctor never reaches Trenzalore alive to be able to answer it. Doesn't matter what the cost is - even if they have to blow up the universe, they have to fulfill their one and only commandment. So...anyone that has seen the last 3 seasons will have no problem answering which of these options is more likely. If the Silence were good guys that wanted to preserve the timeline in which the Doctor saves worlds and universes they wouldn't have blown up the TARDIS. The only viable option is that they were obsessed about Doctor never answering the Question, no matter what the cost (even if it means blowing up the whole of creation). Why would anyone be so desperate about achieving such a gole ? The only person that comes to mind is Hurt's Doctor. It has been said that he, not the Doctor's real name, is the secret. Perhaps he has founded the religion in order to stop this greatest secret from ever being discovered.
John Hurt's Doctor extracted the Valeyard from the Eleventh Doctor who is incarnation Number TwelveAccording to this; John Hurt's Doctor is the real 9th incarnation of the Doctor. Judging by this fact I theorize that not only ended the Time War yet also extracted the Valeyard from incarnation Number Twelve AKA the Eleventh Doctor(Valeyard is between the Twelfth and Thirteenth) which may fit with the Peace and Sanity part as well as not being in the name of the Doctor...
The reason the Doctor was running from the question "Doctor Who?" all his life is not the literal answer.The Doctor is not afraid of his actual name yet because of the implications of which Doctor he is... Is he truly the Eleventh Incarnation of the Doctor, or is he the Twelfth incarnation (according to this) he is the Twelfth incarnation) which depending on the answer would reveal if he is the Doctor who's evil and malice will birth Valeyard before his Thirteenth incarnation (of course since he is the Twelfth incarnation the Valeyard will be born from him).
JHD fought in the Time War but was not between 8 and 9.
JHD killed Henry V
The TARDIS helped create many lives for Clara
The Great Intelligence possessed people
The Great Intelligence was just a pawn
The first TARDIS the Doctor intended to board on Gallifrey was sabotaged.It was set to explode, or take him and Susan to a deathtrap or some other terrible fate that the Great Intelligence was behind. Fortunately, the Gallifreyan Clara was on hand to convince him to take the TARDIS we know. In the unaltered timeline, before either of their meddling began, perhaps the Doctor simply changed his mind, perhaps due to some fault he found or just an arbitrary decision befitting of the old curmudgeon he used to be.
John Hurt was another Time Lord altogetherAt least at first. He merged with the Eighth Doctor to create a ruthless killer capable of ending the war.
The Doctor's greatest fearDuring "The God Complex," the Eleventh Doctor opens a door that reveals his biggest fear. We don't see it, but it plays the TARDIS alarm bell:
The Doctor committed (will commit?) suicide at TrenzaloreIn The Name of the Doctor, we learn that one day, the Doctor will take part in a terrible battle at Trenzalore which will be the cause of his death. But what if the Doctor was the one who caused the war to begin, and in his grief and despair from seeing even more blood being spilled, even more people dying because of him, chose to kill himself there? The Great Intelligence says "Not exactly the Time War, but enough to finish him. In the end, it was too much for the old man." We know that the Time War scarred him in untold ways, and although this particular conflict may not have been as devastating, it could have been just enough to push the Doctor over the edge emotionally. "Enough to finish him," as the GI put it. Even if the Doctor wasn't the cause of it, it still could have affected him in such a way as to convince him that there was no more hope.
Clara was scattered throughout every world in existence, not just the Whoniverse.By jumping into the Doctor's timeline, Clara Broke the Fourth Wall. There could even be versions of her in the real world.
The Gallifreyan Clara was named Claraoswinoswald
The Name of the Doctor is not the last time we will see RiverWhile some see "The Name of the Doctor" as a heartfelt and effective way to end a long-running character, it does not mean that River is gone forever. Quite the contrary. This still leaves one thing open: River still needs to receive the screwdriver BEFORE the library. And before you say it can be assumed this happened off screen... the Doctor as we have seen him has never had that exact model. We recently saw in "The Cold War" that it DOES have a red setting (implying it is getting closer), it still lacks the trigger-looking feature seen in the Library two-parter. Therefore, the 11th Doctor will go out in a way similar to the Tenth Doctor as he will visit her one last time to give her the screwdriver, tying up every plotline regarding River and giving Alex Kingston and the character a good send off (in the 50th or The Christmas Special) and giving the 12th Doctor the chance to get a new screwdriver.
There is no "original" Clara(Spoilers for The Name of the Doctor) The Name of the Doctor implies that the Clara who has been travelling with the Doctor since The Bells of Saint John was the original version, and that the rest are all just temporal duplicates created when she entered the Doctor's timeline to undo the Great Intelligence's meddling. However, in The Bells of Saint John, Clara uses the mnemonic "Run, you clever boy, and remember" when entering the wi-fi password, which was the phrase that tipped the Doctor off to her identity both here and in The Snowmen. She subconsciously knew this phrase in modern London because that version of her was yet another of the iterations created when she entered the Doctor's timeline.